Author Archives: Mike Vogel

Hot Pepper Challenge Makes Me Weep

Are you familiar with the ALS Pepper Challenge? Last October, Patty Haberstroh of Westport, Connecticut, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive disorder that has no cure. Aware that the Ice Bucket Challenge raised a good deal of money … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Thrills for the Clueless

Sunday is Super Bowl LII — that’s 52 to those of you who don’t know Latin. The game will draw a humongous audience, but if you also don’t know much about football, why bother watching? Here’s why: If you love … Continue reading

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Are Devices Spying on Every Move You Make?

“Every breath you take, every move you make, every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you.” When Sting wrote this song in 1983, many thought he was describing an ex-lover who had turned into a creepy … Continue reading

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What Reptiles Can Teach Us About Trying Times

Mother Nature may be showing us how to survive the Donald Trump era. Shallotte River Swamp Park, a private attraction in southeastern North Carolina, recently froze for the first time since it opened in February 2015. Alligators in the preserve … Continue reading

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It’s The Trump Twitter Test!

We must give credit where credit is due — except when it’s not due. President Donald Trump has taken credit for a number of things on Twitter. Can you separate the real Trump tweets and accomplishments from the fake? 1) … Continue reading

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Freezing Temps and Frozen Brains

Cold enough for you? We sure can use some of that global warming now, couldn’t we? Har har har! We’ve all heard versions of such questions this week as temperatures plunge into the low digits. And there’s only one appropriate … Continue reading

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How Will 2018 Compare to 2017?

Hang in there, a turbulent 2017 is almost over. Will 2018 be any calmer? Ha! Let’s look back and also prepare for the second year of the Donald Trump presidency: February 2017: North Korea launches a ballistic missile. “We see … Continue reading

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Marlon Bundo Diss Makes Pet Owners Hopping Mad

President Donald Trump might have gone too far this time. He bragged about sexually assaulting women, denigrated Mexicans and Muslims and mocked a disabled man. Still, his supporters stick by him. He even might have been right when he said, … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Couch Potato Revolution

Are you tired of people telling you to stop stuffing your face with junk food, get your butt off the couch and exercise? Me, too. Do you know who will never scold us for that? President Donald Trump. A new … Continue reading

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“Shameless” Isn’t Just a TV Show

Shame on you! Did your mother ever say that when you did something you knew was wrong? Did your teacher? Good! You should feel rotten when you cheat, lie or do anything that brings shame on you, your family — … Continue reading

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